Welcome! The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive is an ever-expanding collection of
texts used in 128,315 Lieder and other classical art songs
(Kunstlieder, mélodies, canzoni, романсы, canciones, liederen, canções, sånger, laulua, písně, piosenki, etc.) as well as in many
choral works and other types of classical vocal pieces.
The archive currently indexes 78,204 texts with 22,632
translations to English, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and others.
The website has almost daily updates (this month: 7 song texts, 11 settings, and 51 translations).
This is a personal project that I began in 1995. I receive no salary for my full-time work on it
and, despite my best efforts, this project has never received public funding. It is
supported financially by roughly 0.013% of our visitors.
The REC Music Foundation has generously
provided server-space since 1997, but I have many costs in
maintaining and expanding the Archive (and paying my bills).
So if you find
the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
- Emily Ezust
I also have a wishlist at Amazon.ca.
Where to start?
The Introduction is a good place, or the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). You can also visit us on facebook.
You can browse the collection by using the indexes by composer, text poet or author,
first line, title, or language; or you can search for words or phrases. If you can't
find what you're looking for, please feel free to make a request for the wishlist.
The following links will give you an idea of the type of information this website has to offer.
Be sure to read this
note about how to tell when a text shown is the sung text or the published
stand-alone text or both.
Be careful about copyrights. This archive contains both public-domain and copyright material, some of which may
not be reproduced unless permission is obtained first.
Note: leave out punctuation and diacritics (e.g., instead of ä use a, and use ss for ß)